Hughes, a lieutenant with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, has been at Patterson’s helm for four years managing a budget of some $3.5 million.. Patterson contracts with the Sheriff’s Department for police services.
Citing discontent in the sheriff department’s ranks, Hughes said she cannot avoid acknowledging it.
“Law Enforcement is as much about education, preparation and avoiding conflict as it is about apprehending and prosecuting criminal behavior,” she said in a release on her campaign website. “Discord and conflict in the ranks of those who would enforce the law is demoralizing and weakens the very fabric of who we are and what we are sworn to do.”
Since joining the Sheriff’s Department in 1999, Hughes has worked her way up through nearly every level of responsibility within the Sheriff’s Department, from the routine duties of a deputy patrolling county roads to a detective focusing on elder abuse and crimes against children. Hughes was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2005 and Lieutenant in 2007 where she managed and directed sheriff patrols throughout the County.
Hughes said in the release that she will lean on her experience to improve moral within the department.
“My administration will focus on the best people, the best training, and the best technology to fight crime. I offer real change based on my direct experience at virtually every level of the department,” she said in the release. “I know the results of working hard and working smart.”
Hughes joins Ceres Deputy Tom Letras who announced his candidacy last fall.
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